The first time I visited, I brought pho home from his restaurant on a cold, rainy night two years ago. Sally had no idea how much seafood could be packed into that styrofoam doggie bag container of soup. She couldn’t believe the number of shrimp, scallops and crab legs tucked inside. She went wild for the mysterious green drink – Lemongrass Limeade.
|Fresh Basil, Cilantro and Bean Sprouts|
Andrew’s favorite treasure is the Bairdi Crab – so good he recommends these Bering Sea favorites over all the others. These easygoing animals live symbiotically with King Crab and when you see folks catching King Crab on tv… about 20% of them are Bairdi Crab. Its easy-to-extract leg meat is sweet and comes out a blessed whole piece. That is such a satisfying feeling to crack a leg and be able to quickly chow down on crab!
|Chicken and Noodles|
His chicken and noodles are not the farm type, but the meat is grilled and sliced into strips – hearty and filling. In my opinion, garlic and onion add much to the delightful flavor.
If you do go, you must try the Lemongrass Limeade – highly recommended. That zippy little green drink is refreshing without being cloyingly sweet. The lemongrass is homegrown by Tran and makes it a uniquely flavored treat. I can’t have a meal without it.
Pad Thai is always a good “testing” dish as it is served and requested everywhere. Pho and Crab’ s flat noodles remain separate and not gummy as can so often happen. It is the comfort dish of many countries, and this one is great.
|Chili Spicy Pepper Hot Wings|
We do not want to forget the most astonishing chicken wings we ever had. They serve them three ways: Chili Spicy Pepper, Saigon-Style, and Tamarind. If you only try these, you will be glad you made the trek west. They are marinated for hours and grilled to piping hot perfection. Finger-licking? Absolutely! But also, you will want to gnaw them down to the bones!
I truly believe what makes Pho & Crab so wonderful is the graciousness of its general manager, Andrew Tran. He clearly loves seeing his customers enjoy his food.
|Andrew Tran, General Manager, Pho and Crab Restaurant|
Everyday dining is elevated to a night out on the town with a little of Frank Sinatra’s relaxing music and the surprisingly romantic dining room and fine art. A beverage of your choice could make this a Valentine’s Day treat.